John L. Micek

The Front Line in the Abortion Fight is Closer Than You Think | John L. Micek

So here’s another reason why it’s important to pay attention in what happens in your state capital. Last week, two Pennsylvania state lawmakers — both… Continue reading


Trump Makes Predatory Lending Great Again | John L. Micek

Here’s another reminder that, when it comes to the Trump administration, it’s more important to watch what the White House does, rather than what it… Continue reading


Trump’s Fake Photos Mask a Larger Truth | John L. Micek

Of course, it had to happen. The news this week that President Donald Trump’s handlers may have digitally altered his photographs to make him appear… Continue reading


The Illegal Immigrant Story Trump Isn’t Telling You | John L. Micek

If you passed Max Acuna on the street or on your way to work, or any one of those hundreds of places where people cross… Continue reading

What Would Jefferson Think of the Government Shutdown? | John L. Micek

WASHINGTON - It was a perfect post-Christmas day, as I watched tourists move in concentric circles around the Jefferson Memorial at the far edge of… Continue reading

Pelosi Gives Trump an Important Civics Lesson | John L. Micek

Somewhere, Dorothy Parker is smiling. In one withering remark on Tuesday, once (and now increasingly likely future) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave Donald Trump the… Continue reading

Will Trump Listen to Lindsey Graham? | John L. Micek

What got into Lindsey Graham? Maybe it was the wave of nostalgia for an old school Washington brought on by the funeral of former President… Continue reading

Bush-Appointed Judge Credits Roberts for Standing Up to Trump | John L. Micek

HARRISBURG, Pa. - John E. Jones III doesn’t look or sound much like a rebel. Like a lot of federal judges, he’s given to sober… Continue reading

A Break from the Political Grind, One Album at a Time | John L. Micek

A friend who works in campaigns recently joked that there ought to be a mandatory, two-week respite from any kind of political talk immediately after… Continue reading

You Didn’t Lose the Amazon Lottery. You Dodged a Bullet. | John L. Micek

So what do Crystal City, Va., and Long Island City, N.Y., have that your city or state doesn’t? Well, everything, as it turns out. Or… Continue reading

Spending My Childhood With Stan Lee | John L. Micek

On Sunday afternoons in the late 1970s and early 1980s, long after 11 a.m. mass had finished, my cousin and I would head down the… Continue reading

In One Pennsylvania City, a Street By Street Fight for Every Vote | John L. Micek

READING, Pa. - Paula Hass, as one former American president so often says, is fired up and ready to go. Standing in her doorway on… Continue reading

Control of the House Runs Through Pennsylvania | John L. Micek

ERIE, Pa. - It’s a Wednesday night in October, three weeks before Election Day, and Mike Kelly is onstage at the Erie Insurance Coliseum, home… Continue reading

Trump Goes Full Trump in Yet Another Pennsylvania Rally | John L. Micek

ERIE, PA - With his second U.S. Supreme Court confirmation in the bag, President Donald Trump took a victory lap around this city by the… Continue reading

‘Self-Made’ Trump was a Millionaire in Elementary School | John L. Micek

Back in October 2016, when she was asked to explain how it was that then-candidate Donald Trump managed to overcome his fantastic wealth and connect… Continue reading

Kavanaugh Wasn’t On Trial. He Was interviewing To Work For Us. | John L. Micek

Remember that time you got due process in a job interview? Me neither. Time and again last week, as the excruciating drama surrounding the Supreme… Continue reading

Trump Jr. Rallies the MAGA Faithful in Pa. | John L. Micek

HERSHEY, Pa. - Donald Trump Jr. had a pretty simple message for the Republican faithful who filled a hotel ballroom here on the final night… Continue reading

Having Adults in the White House is Supposed To Be Normal | John L. Micek

We have been informed, twice now this week, that there are alleged “adults” in Donald Trump’s White House who are supposedly acting as a hedge… Continue reading

The Congressional Race that Trump is Sweating the Most

MT. LEBANON, PA. - Politics are on the menu here at The Coffee Tree Roasters. At a patio table early one sunny August morning in… Continue reading

5 Recommendations For Your Labor Day Weekend | John L. Micek

With Labor Day weekend closing in with more speed than I’d like to really acknowledge, I can’t turn around these days without someone reminding me… Continue reading